Thirteen chosen for pre-grad achievement program

PULLMAN, Wash. – Thirteen students have been selected for 2014-15 for a program that prepares them to pursue graduate education.

“This application season was the most competitive to date,” said Raymond Herrera, director of the McNair Achievement Program at Washington State University. Many of the program’s alumni have earned doctorates at some of the best programs and institutions in the country, he said.

The federally funded program prepares first-generation/low-income students, and students from underrepresented backgrounds in graduate education, for future doctoral studies. Preparation includes faculty-mentored research experiences, coursework focused on the culture of graduate education, and academic and career counseling.

Offered through the WSU Graduate School, the McNair is one of several TRIO programs that support academic achievement of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

The new McNair students are: Maira Birrueta, Crysta Cady, Haley Delgado, Ariana Garcia, Daejha Hare, Jackelyn Hildago, Meaghan Logan, Juan Lopez, Che’vaniece Marshall, Karla Martinez, Yadira Oregon, Daniel Purkeypyle and Angie Winkle.